With a total of 40 runners, finding the winner of the Grand National is no easy feat. However, with the weights published well in advance, there has been plenty of time to study which horses have been given a lenient allocation.
Here are the best three bets in this year’s race based on the weights the runners have been handed.
Corach Rambler (+600)
The betting for the race this year is headed by Corach Rambler. He is available at +600 to those looking to place a Grand National 2023 bet on the Lucinda Russell-trained chaser this year. His form this season suggests he is the one to beat in the marathon contest.
After scoring in the Ultima Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival earlier in the season, the Scottish-based horse has been one of the leading Grand National betting tips. He showcased his stamina in that race, and as a result of that performance, he has gone up 10lb in the official ratings to a mark of 156.
With just 10st 5lb on his back in the Grand National, Corach Rambler will be receiving weight from most of his rivals, so expect him to be in the mix at the business end of the race.
Coko Beach (+2500)
The Grand National Trial at Punchestown is a race that many Irish horses use as their final prep run for Aintree. It was won by Coko Beach this year for Irish trainer Gordon Elliott. He beat a strong field, which included several of his stablemates.
Coko Beach jumped well in the race, and he stayed on better than any of his rivals following the last fence to land the 3m4f contest by just over five lengths. It was his first success of the season, but it looks like he has found his best form just in time for Aintree.
Elliott is a three-time winner of the Grand National and his fourth success could come with Coko Beach. The eight-year-old has been handed 11st, which seems fair, as he remains open to improvement over this extra distance.
Mister Coffey (+3300)
Six-time British Champion Nicky Henderson has yet to win the Grand National. He has finished second in the race on two occasions, including with his first-ever runner in 1979 when Zongalero chased home Rubstic.
Henderson’s wait for a maiden Grand National success could come this year with Mister Coffey. The eight-year-old has yet to score over fences but the two-time hurdles winner has consistently been running well in staying chases. On his latest appearance, he finished third in the National Hunt Challenge Cup at the Cheltenham Festival, a race over 3m6f.
The Seven Barrows runner is 34th on the list of weights for the Grand National, which means he has a weight allocation of 10st 4lb. This horse’s best may still be ahead of him, and that extra improvement could come over this 4m2½f trip.
Good luck with your bets on the world’s most famous steeplechase and hopefully it is another thrilling contest this year at Aintree.
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